Breast Reduction Surgery Videos on Youtube?

Could you possibly recommend any good online videos of breast reduction surgeries? And do you think it would be wise to watch a few before having the surgery yourself? I realize viewing the procedure might be off-putting but I can't help thinking it might also alleviate some of my fears about getting the surgery. If you know of any and wouldn't mind posting a couple links I think that would be pretty terrific.

maitreyi

F, 36, New York

Feeling anxious about surgery is entirely normal. Almost all patients experience some fear about undergoing a cosmetic surgical procedure, whether due to the potential pain, possible complications, side effects, or not achieving the results they were hoping for. Fear generally originates from the unknown, so taking the time to inform yourself about what happens during a breast reduction procedure, what you can expect regarding your recovery and the risks involved should help to alleviate some of your concerns.

Watching online videos of breast reduction procedures offers a way to gain insight into the surgery and what you can expect should you decide to undergo the procedure. However, as you point out, it may also have the countereffect of making you more anxious or fearful. For the uninitiated, watching videos of live surgery can be graphic and potentially disturbing. Ultimately it is up to you: if you feel that seeing the surgery and what takes place during a breast reduction would help you to feel more comfortable, then you may find this video informative and useful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8N6pmJODPE 

The above video features footage of a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Elliot Hirsch, performing a breast reduction. This particular video shows one technique of breast reduction surgery, the bilateral inferior pedicle technique. There are, however, other techniques of breast reduction so it may differ from the type of surgical technique that would be most appropriate for your case. A board-certified plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and determine the best technique to help you achieve your goals, as well as outline the surgical steps involved so you can be familiar with the particulars of the procedure.

There are other things you can do to alleviate your fears about breast reduction surgery, but most importantly, try to make an appointment with a plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure. During your consultation you’ll have an opportunity to ask him or her questions about the things which frighten you the most about breast reduction. A good surgeon will explain everything to you and outline any potential risks and complications that could result, and then present you with the best ways to minimize these risks. You can also request to see his or her before-and-after photo gallery. Some surgeons also have 3D imaging technology which allows them to show patients how they can expect to look following breast surgery.

Dr. Christine Blaine has 1 Breast Reduction before & after:

Breast Reduction before image performed by Dr. Christine BlaineBreast Reduction after image performed by Dr. Christine Blaine

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Watching online videos of live surgery offers an excellent way to gain insight into a procedure. There is a wide range of educational surgical videos available on YouTube showing reduction mammaplasty surgery which can help familiarize you with what to expect should you commit to surgery. You might find some of the following videos helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJe1Ig9MWCE 

This video shows a breast reduction performed by Mr. Adrian Richards, a UK board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reduction surgery. In this brief video he outlines and shows the outcome of each stage of breast reduction but with time lapse so the more graphic elements of the procedure are skipped over. This video shows a breast reduction using short scar technique, an approach used to minimize scarring and expedite healing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUGhWj5iv70 

If you would like to see a more revealing video of the surgical process, this video shows a breast reduction procedure performed by Dr. Ramiro Morales, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Miami. This video clearly demarcates all the stages of the surgery and the surgeon explains each step as he performs the procedure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o23wwg0vRDA 

This video offers comprehensive insight into the lollipop or vertical breast reduction, which is the approach most commonly used for patients with a moderate amount of breast tissue to be removed. The breast reduction is performed by Dr. Phillip Chang, based in Leesburg, Virginia . The surgeon also briefly discusses the other types of incision techniques that can be used. This video offers the most footage and surgical explanation of reduction mammaplasty.

Hopefully these videos can help you to overcome some of your fears related to surgery if fear is what is hindering you from undergoing breast reduction. There are also other things you can do to help reduce anxiety--schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon who specializes in reduction mammaplasty and explain your concerns. The surgeon will be able to alleviate some of those anxieties and outline how risks and complications can be minimized.

Reading about the surgery and the preoperative and postoperative steps you can take to ensure the surgery goes as well as possible can also be empowering. Finally, you may wish to consider speaking to patients who have undergone the procedure to learn more about their experiences.

Dr. Robert Brueck has 1 Breast reduction before & after:

Breast reduction before image performed by Dr. Robert BrueckBreast reduction after image performed by Dr. Robert Brueck

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